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Privacy pitfalls as education apps spread haphazardly

Scores of education technology start-ups are marketing new digital learning tools directly to teachers. But the new digital tools have also left school district technology directors scrambling to keep track of which companies are collecting students’ information — and how they are using it.

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What teens are learning from podcasts

A growing number of educators are using podcasts to motivate their classrooms, improve students’ listening skills, and address education requirements set by the Common Core state standards.

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Why Las Vegas is desperate to hire thousands of teachers

Next school year, Clark County expects to have 2,600 teachers fewer than it needs. The shortage, the result of an awakening economy, attrition and growing population has created teeming schools, a heavy reliance on substitute teachers and oversubscribed special education programs.

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Why not remove politics from education?

In order for the state's school administration to be independent from the governor’s office, maybe the members of the governor-appointed State Board of Education (SBOE) should be elected. Let there be one SBOE representative from each of the nine congressional districts in Indiana.

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Feeding kids well

The school lunch program is an opportunity to shape how kids — and grown-ups — will eat in the future. Teaching children bad eating habits means creating yet another generation of Americans who will have to break those habits; and, given what we now know about the effect of those habits on our health, that’s nothing short of criminal.

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Why realizing the full promise of education requires a fresh approach

The most fruitful form of education—and the one with the best chance of empowering children to overcome poverty and other disadvantages—offers each child the opportunity to pursue his or her own goals, in a stimulating and supportive environment. It’s this “opportunity gap,” rather than any “achievement gap,” that characterizes unequal education and is fully within the power of schools to remedy.

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Half of U.S. capitol's high school students are chronically truant

In Washington, D.C., public high schools more than 50 percent of students are chronically truant, meaning they've missed more than 10 days of school. A new report says that efforts to crack down on truancy may not be working.

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Recruiting more minority teachers could do wonders for minority students

One way to help low-performing students do better in school could be to put them in classrooms with teachers who share their race, a new study says. Researchers found that black, white and Asian/Pacific Island students had higher reading and math scores when taught by teachers who look like them.

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A call for LGBT-inclusive sex education

Out of 50 states and one district, only nine states have any form of positive LGBT-inclusive sexual education. When sex education or academic curriculum includes positive messages or instruction about LGBT issues there is far less discrimination, prejudice and bullying aimed at LGBT youth.

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The case against group projects

Although the benefits can be substantial for students, careful planning and instruction on the part of the teacher is essential for group projects. It's empowering for students to be given choices and freedom when it comes to learning; but it's hard for kids to accept responsibility when things don't work out.

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